Whether you’re self-employed or trying to get out of the office for a while, working from home can have its benefits. There’s no commute, you’re not restricted to only working ‘office hours’ and it allows you to walk the dog before the afternoon slump sets in, or pick up the kids from school.
But, it’s not without its problems too. From friends and family thinking they can drop in for a cuppa any time, to people asking you to do a multitude of tasks such as waiting in for deliveries or even babysitting! There are a few things you can do to make sure working from home works for you.
We asked our group members what their top tips were for working from home successfully, and here’s what they said…
Q. What are your top tips for working from home?
Jenna Rich, Marketing Assistant
To have a separate space which is your ‘work space.’ You know when you’re in there that’s when you work
Kate Tritton, Relationship Manager
Make people aware that even though you may be working from home, you are actually working and not on a day off
Sam James, Life Coach
Set clear time boundaries for when you’re working and when you’re not, so it doesn’t blur into trying to do everything all the times. Setting alarms can be a great way to reinforce the boundaries, I’ve got a ‘time to switch off’ and ‘time to switch to mummy mode’ set on my phone
Julia Duncan, Photographer
Behave as if you’re going to an office. When I was in the corporate world and was a home worker, I dressed smart. Now I’m self-employed, my ‘job’ is more casual but I stopped staying in my PJ’s. I’m often on Skype so always look presentable from the waist up! I’ve learnt it’s important to still have a routine
Got a tip of your own?
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